English and French (BA)
Our French and English (BA) degree gives you the opportunity to explore connections and interactions between two major literatures and cultures. Our modules reflect the range and diversity of the culture, history, and society of the French- and English-speaking worlds. Intensive language work opens up the richness of French language and cultural life. This means you’ll graduate as a highly qualified linguist with advanced intercultural skills, a deep understanding of key issues and developments in France’s past and present, and an advanced knowledge of French, English, and comparative literatures.
Explore two rich and diverse literary and cultural traditions while developing your French language skills. There is a core French language module in every year of study. First year core modules will introduce you to French literature and culture, English literature, and comparative literature. In your intermediate and final years all English and French optional modules are open to you. Modules in French cover history, politics, philosophy and film as well as literary topics. In your final year, you can choose to write a dissertation on comparative French and English literature. You’ll also spend your second or third year of study abroad.
Enabling you to follow your passion in the Arts, we are awarding Scholarships of £1,000 to home/UK students who achieve AAA or above, or equivalent qualifications if you start your course in 2020 and you have applied through UCAS, adjustment or clearing.
In your first year, you will take language classes designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of written and spoken French. You will also take the core module The Story of Modern France, where you will examine primary texts from major periods and events in French history, literature, and politics; you will choose one further first-year module in French. On the English side of your degree, you will take a module which focuses on questions of approach, critical practice, and reading strategies. You will additionally choose one English module in your first year, from a list of three: Epic into Novel; Medieval to Renaissance Literature; or Modern World Literatures.
In your intermediate and final years, you will take core and optional modules in English. You will also further develop your French language skills in more advanced language classes. You will be able to develop your own particular interests in Francophone culture by choosing from a wide selection of modules offered by specialists in French culture, society, literature, politics, philosophy, film, and history. If you wish, you can also select from interdisciplinary cross-School modules.
We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written and spoken language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading and analysing materials set for study, writing essays and working on your language skills.
12 hours per week (15 hours per week in first year).
Seminars generally involve around 15 students.
We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.
The final degree classification is determined by your intermediate and final-year marks; each of these years contributes 50%.
You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:
- Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school
- Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country
- On a work placement
The most popular option is to work as a language assistant teaching English since the posts are reasonably well-paid and they help you integrate into the community fairly quickly. Most students apply through the British Council's English Language Assistant scheme during the first term of their second year at Warwick.
The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.
A level: AAB to include English Literature (or English Language and Literature combined) and French
IB: 36 to include 5 in Higher Level English Literature (or English Language and Literature combined) and 5 in Higher Level French
BTEC: Applicants studying a BTEC qualification alongside A level French and A level English Literature (or English Language and Literature combined) will be considered. A typical offer would be to obtain either D in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate and grades A,A in A level French and English Literature OR D* in the BTEC and grades A,B in A level French and English Literature
Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.
Contextual data and differential offers
Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
- Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)
All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
- We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Taking a gap year
Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.
Modern French Language 1 (at beginners, intermediate or advanced level)
The Story of Modern France
Why is modern France obsessed by the past? What are the milestones in the creation of modern France? How have notions of France and Frenchness been shaped through the stories told about them? These are some of the questions you’ll explore through close reading of primary sources from major periods and events in French history. You’ll be guided on your journey by a range of materials, from the cartoons of May 1968 to prints dating back to the French Revolution, and from stories of Charlemagne to films and texts reflecting France’s ongoing preoccupation with its (often controversial) recent past. Equipped with these foundations, you will be well prepared to study further aspects of French and Francophone culture in the later stages of your degree.
French Cultural Landmarks: Love, Language and Power
French is the language of love, or so the saying goes, and on this module, you’ll explore what love, desire and sex signified in earlier periods and how this challenges contemporary perceptions. You will encounter the social preoccupations of French culture, such as gender, power and political engagement, exploring these ideas through the study of a wide range of resources, from the courtly love of the Medieval period to the heyday of French classical theatre epitomised in the work of Molière and Racine, bringing us to present-day considerations of gender, identity and society in the French novel.
Epic into Novel
Tracking the transition from the epics of the ancient world to the novels of modernity, this module introduces you to some of the most influential and formative works of world literature. You will study central texts of the classical world, such as Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid; ancient Indian epic The Mahābhārata; Milton’s Paradise Lost; as well as novels like Henry Fielding’s bawdy comedy Tom Jones and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o’s novel of decolonising Kenya, A Grain of Wheat. Reading across history and cultures, between languages and genres, you will develop the skills to analyse narrative, character, and style.
Medieval to Renaissance English Literature
Taking you from the mythical court of King Arthur to the real world of ambition, intrigue, and danger in the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, this module introduces you to early literature written in a range of genres (romance, epic, fabliau) and poetic forms. You will study texts like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Thomas More’s Utopia, Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets to explore some of the period’s highest ideals—‘trawthe’ or integrity—as well as some of humanity’s darkest impulses: greed, deception, revenge, and desire.
Modern World Literatures
This module introduces you to the defining concerns, styles, and contexts of modern world literature from 1789 to the present. You will encounter concepts like Romanticism, modernity, gothic, and postcolonialism through novels, short stories, poetry, and drama from revolutionary France to Meiji era Japan, industrial Britain to the decolonizing Caribbean. Your reading might include Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein, Lu Xun’s story of China in transition 'Diary of a Madman', or Clarice Lispector’s haunting meditation on life in Rio de Janeiro The Hour of the Star. You may also replace this module with a language module.
Modes of Reading
What is a reader? How is our understanding and perception of a text formed? What does it mean to think critically when we read? This module allows you to explore these questions by putting a spotlight on the question of critical thinking in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. By studying a series of literary texts in relation to some of the most influential literary and cultural theorists of the last hundred years, you will take your own position on everything from Marxism, queer and feminist theory to ecocriticism and postcolonial critique.
Approaches to Reading in English and French
Building on your experience of textual analysis, you will develop advanced skills in close reading and literary criticism, learning the appropriate critical vocabulary and practising various approaches and methods. You will translate French literary, poetical works into English and analyse the originals, giving thought to the linguistic and cultural issues they raise, and acquiring techniques of comparative literary analysis that can also be applied to longer, narrative or technical texts. You will also gain an appreciation of the French poetic tradition from the 14th century onwards, considering its evolution, its influence on English literature, and its continuing position as a vibrant part of popular French culture, including through song, music and vers libre.
Modern French Language 2
You will consolidate and develop the productive and receptive language skills you acquired in your first year. By the end of the course, you should have appropriate knowledge of vocabulary and syntactic and grammatical structures to produce written French in two prescribed genres. You will develop your skills in translation to and from French, with a focus on specific translation problems, and increase the accuracy with which you use grammatical structures. In spoken French, you will comprehend and produce structured spoken French on a range of topics of contemporary significance in the context of simulated scenarios.
Modern French Language 3
You will consolidate and develop your ability to write and speak confidently and at a level of intellectual sophistication in correct French. By the end of the course, you should be able to produce a structured written argument on a topic related to your intellectual interests or of cultural concern, in French that is grammatically correct, idiomatic, varied in vocabulary and grammatical structure, and in an appropriate register. You should be able to translate from French to English and English to French accurately, using your detailed knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and idiom, and employing an appropriate register. You will strengthen your skills in pronunciation and intonation and demonstrate these through fluent oral presentation and discussion of an intellectually serious topic.
^Year Two or Three depending on when the year abroad is taken
Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Amazon, British Airways, Civil Service, Grayce Consulting, HM Revenue and Customs, HSBC, Ipsos Mori, Lidl, NBC Universal, Save the Children International and The Department for International Trade.
They have pursued careers such as: business and financial project management professionals; chartered and certified accountants; financial accounts managers; human resources and industrial relations officers; management consultants and business analysts; public services associate professionals, teachers and other educational professionals.
Helping you find the right career
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- What are you doing after Warwick? Career planning for final year language students
- Careers in the Public Sector
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
- Completing effective CVs and Application Forms for students from the School of Modern Languages
- Reflecting on Your Year Abroad
- Languages Alumni Evening
Find out more about our Careers & Skills here.
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
English and Comparative Literary Studies
4 years full-time, including a year abroad
28 September 2020
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.
This information is applicable for 2020 entry.
Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.
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